Apparently 11 months is a long enough break for the Foo Fighters to coin it a hiatus. The band decided they would take a much-deserved break in 2015, but now they’ve returned to play with a bunch of famous classic rock musicians. They weren’t the only ones having a great day. Chance the Rapper and Frank Ocean went to the president’s final White House dinner, Shia LaBeouf flaunted crazy tattoos of Prince and Missy Elliott on daytime TV, Bob Dylan is getting all his lyrics printed as literature, and Le Tigre dropped their first single in 10 years.
After wrapping up a long tour, Foo Fighters called it quits in 2015. Well, kind of. The rock act decided to go on a hiatus to reboot themselves and their lives. Turns out that isn’t a long time for them. The band reunited for the first time, not even 11 months later, to perform at a secret charity gig in Los Angeles. The show raised money for schools in the area. Foo Fighters seemed to be the house band for people like KISS’s Paul Stanley, Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell, Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar, The Police’s Stewart Copeland, Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones, Jason Bonham, and Lisa Loeb to sing over them. Not a bad reason to get the band back together. Watch Hagar and Bonham cover “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin above and wish you got invited to this secret show. [Consequence of Sound]
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President Obama held his final White House State Dinner on October 18. He invited the usual guests (notable politicians, family members, and so on) as well as some unusual ones: musicians. Obama took time to invite Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean, and more, all of whom (duh) turned up looking quite dapper. Chance brought his father. Ocean brought his mother. Only one of them (Ocean) decided wearing checkered Vans was a good move. [Consequence of Sound]
No one can out-weird Shia LaBeouf. The actor, musician, and performance artist visited Ellen recently to talk about his life. Degeneres, as she does, got fun tidbits out of the actor, including some tattoos he sports on his leg. These aren’t the usual lyrics or nod to an impactful life moment. LaBeouf has depictions of Missy Elliott, Dr. Dre, Prince, Tupac, and Biggie Smalls inked into his leg. The big deal? They’re not very good. You would think his funds could afford accurate depictions of the musicians, but then again, maybe that’s the point. Who knows? Figuring out the way his brain works will always be a difficult, if not impossible, for us mere mortals. [Consequence of Sound]
The Nobel Prize in Literature this year went to Bob Dylan. He’s the first musician to ever earn the honor and, as such, a lot of conversation has sparked about the implications of him winning it. Anyone who believes his lyrics aren’t literature now have a new document than can study over to prove (or weaken) their point: The Lyrics: 1951 – 2012. The comprehensive book examines his lyrics from the start of his career on through the current day. A different version of the book came out in 2014, but this copy features Dylan’s edits to dozens of songs. It comes out officially on November 1, but you can pre-order a copy here. [Consequence of Sound]
Earlier this October, Kathleen Hanna hinted that Le Tigre would reunite for a single. There was no word when it would drop or what it would be about, but on the 19th, it appeared online. “I’m With Her,” the trio’s first new song in a decade, is what it sounds like: a pro-Hillary Clinton anthem. Politics aside, it’s a punchy, easy-to-learn jam reminiscent of the ’80s that doesn’t sound too far off from their other material. Check it out along with its Laura Parnes-directed music video above. [Pitchfork]
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